Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-768-9
# of Pages: 2200
# of Volumes: 6
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e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-775-7
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Survey of American Industry and Careers

October 2011

Comprehensive, in-depth overview of 112 core North American industries and related jobs and careers.

Salem's six-volume Survey of American Industry and Careers provides in-depth overviews of 112 core North American industries and related jobs and careers, current as of 2010. Drawing on data from authoritative sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as private institutions, and written by authors familiar with these fields, these detailed essays address all aspects of the industries covered, from their history to the outlook for their future in the coming decade. The industries covered include those most important to the North American economy and range from manufacturing to e-businesses. The scale of these industries also ranges from those dominated by international corporations to those dominated by small businesses or individual enterprises. These are the industries that ground the American economy.

The scope of this set is broad, and includes industries such as:

  • Alternative Power Industry
  • Biofuels Industry
  • Computer Systems Industry
  • Environmental Engineering and Consultation Services
  • Internet and Cyber Communications Industry
  • Video, Computer, and Virtual Reality Games Industry

Organization & Format
Each of the essays is designed to introduce students and prospective employees to the industries by providing vital information and assessments in a standard, easy-to-read format. Essays begin with an Industry Snapshot, which includes the type of industries, the career cluster, any subcategory industries and related industries, the annual domestic and global revenues of the industry, and the number or numbers that identify this industry in the North American Industry Classification System from the U.S. Census. The Industry Definition follows. This section discusses the nature of the industry and its fundamental goals, purposes, goods and services. It also includes the history of the industry and how it has changed, as well as where the industry stands today.

The largest section of the essay is devoted to the industry's market segments. This includes an overview of market segments within the industry, whether small, midsize, large or more tailored to other market segments. Each market-segment section begins with the business sector (small, midsize, large or other) and contains the following information:

  • Potential Annual Earnings Scale
  • Clientele Interaction
  • Amenities, Atmosphere, and Physical Grounds
  • Typical Number of Employees
  • Traditional Geographic Locations
  • Pros of Working in a Small/Midsize/Large Business
  • Cons of Working in a Small/Midsize/Large Business
  • Typical costs, including payroll & benefits, supplies, utilities & taxes

Next follows the industry outlook, which identifies trends in the industry, details the benefits of employment or a career in the industry and discusses the increase or decrease in annual earnings, as well as the trends in earnings in the jobs and careers related to this industry. Lastly, each essay ends with list of related resources and a list of sources for further reading.

Special Features
Several ready-reference aids distinguish this set. There are 384 sidebars and tables that provide a wealth of information on occupation specialties, occupation profiles, projected employment, contributions by the industry to the economy, and the resources most commonly consumed by the industry. Volume six offers several appendixes including "Employment by Industry, 2008 and Projected 2018" and "Fortune 500 Companies by Industry, 2009" as well as a general-references sources bibliography, an industry-specific bibliography and a list of electronic resources. The volume ends with three useful indexes - Industries by Career Cluster, Index of Jobs and Careers and a complete Subject Index.

Just a few of the jobs and careers featured:

  • Accounting Services
  • Computer Software
  • Food Retail
  • Funerary
  • Heavy Machines
  • Insurance
  • Landscaping Services
  • Electrical & Gas Appliances
  • Defense
  • Batteries & Fuel Cells
  • Libraries & Archives
  • Mining
  • Nuclear Power
  • Music
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Paper Manufacturing & Products
  • Spectator Sports
  • Telecommunications Equipment
  • Toys & Games
  • Watches & Jewelry

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